Greg Delanty artist in residence and poet




Greg Delanty was born in Cork, Ireland in 1958 and lives in Burlington, Vermont where he teaches at Saint Michael’s College.  He became an American citizen in 1994.

His latest books are Collected Poems 1986-2006 (Oxford Poets Series, Carcanet Press in Ireland and Britain, 2006), The Selected Poems of Kyriakos Charalambides in Translation (Southword Editions, 2005), and The Ship of Birth (Oxford Poets Series, Carcanet Press in Ireland and Britain, 2003; LSU Press in the United States, 2007).

His other poetry collections are The Blind Stitch (LSU Press 2002, Oxford Poets Series, Carcanet, 2001), The Hellbox (Oxford Poets Series, Oxford University Press, 1998), American Wake (Blackstaff/Dufour, 1995), Southward (LSU Press, 1992) and Cast in the Fire (Dolmen/Dufour, 1986).  Special editions include Striped Ink and The Fifth Province (Traffic Street, 2000, 2001).

Currently he is editing a book for WW Norton with the working title of Living Poets Translate Anglo-Saxon PoemsHis next book The Selected Poems of Seán Ó Ríordáin in Translation is due from New Island Press (Dublin).

His poems have appeared in American, Irish, English, Australian, Japanese and Argentinean anthologies, including the Norton Introduction to Poetry, Field Day Anthology of Irish Writing, American Poets of the New Century, 20th Century Irish Poems, and Contemporary Poets of New England.  Individual poems have been published in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Statesman, the New Republic, American Scholar, the Irish Times, PN Review, and the Times Literary Supplement. His poem ‘The Alien’ is due to be read on Garrison Keillor’s ‘The Writer’s Almanac.’

Delanty edited, with Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Jumping Off Shadows:  Selected Contemporary Irish Poetry (Cork UP, 1995) and, with Robert Welsh, The Selected Poems of Patrick Galvin (Cork UP, 1995).  He serves as consultant editor for The History of the Irish Book (Oxford UP, forthcoming) and on the editorial board of Writing Ulster

His translations include Aristophanes’ The Suits (The Knights) and Euripides’ Orestes (U of Pennsylvania Press, 1999).  

He has read widely in the United States and Europe, including the Library of Congress. 

He has received numerous awards including the Patrick Kavanagh Award (1983), the Allen Dowling Poetry Fellowship (1986), the Wolfers-O’Neill Award (1996-97), the Austin Clarke Award (1996), National Poetry Competition Prizewinner (Poetry Society of England, 1999) an Arts Council of Ireland Bursary (1998-99), and an award from the Royal Literary Fund (1999).

He has been granted a Guggenheim for poetry for 2007-2008.